Gucci & The Chelsea Flower Show

This year Gucci created their very own Garden of Eden at Chelsea Flower Show.

They kindly invited me down for a little champagne, and rose sniffing.

Of course, there was only one person I would ever want to take to such a gloriously green fingered event.

My best friend.

Earth mother.

Wise woman.

And complete hoot, mum.

We started at The Mothership; Gucci’s Sloane St. store.

We took a peek at the new collection and were very sweetly given our own limited edition, Chelsea Flower Show scarves.

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We sipped our drinks and chatted while the in-house artist skilfully painted our initials onto the silks.

Before we knew it, it was time to slip through the packed streets of Chelsea and weave our way to the show.

Once inside, we made a beeline for the Gucci garden.

Based on the flora scarves, every flower you see in silk is surrounded by its real-life counterpart.

We hurriedly took our snaps…

… apparently I was attacked by a fit of the blinks!

The garden was beautifully designed, it’s no wonder they won the bronze award.

Not bad for a first attempt!

We went on to see the rest of the show.

Dipping in and out of gardens, it feels a little like you’re snooping through people’s back yards.

Which (if you’re as nosy as I am) is just ideal!

I love a good rose (who doesn’t?), but was blown away by Thailand’s entry!

How can you possibly beat pink, flowery elephants?!

There was inspiration for every garden type.

I have to say I’m more of a fan of “wild flower” gardens than the very strict, regimented ones.

The whole place smells unbelievable.

The cool, heavy scent of damp grass and moss mingling with the pungent, sweet flowers is a little of what I imagine Alice experienced in Wonderland.

We visited the BEST plant of the year!

Which people were very excited about… and I have to say I wasn’t all that wowed by.

I think it’s probably something you have to be terribly green-fingered to appreciate.

One of my favourite parts of the show were some of the people attending it.

Ages ranged from young twenties, to very late eighties. So many were in couples, holding hands, muttering to each other about what they should grow at home.

Husbands clearly loathing every minute of it made the effort to raise eyebrows, nod and hmmm when their minds were quite apparently elsewhere.

They were on hand to help and make their lady happy. Is it odd to find that romantic?

There were, of course, a few mother & daughter teams.

We strolled arm in arm and took it all in. Stopping now and then in other people’s gardens.

Mum’s in a Boden dress (that I had actually picked out for myself, before I saw she’d snagged it already! I’m a bit in love with their new collection), an Alice Temperley coat (similar one here half price), Mulberry bag & Topshop slippers.

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I’m in an ASOS embroidered dress, Topshop sandals, Gucci bamboo bag, Jimmy Choo sunnies with a Gucci scarf.

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Although I think we both would have loved to be wearing one of these!

There’s a lot to see.

I think I described it as the best bits of B&Q, which I mean in the nicest possible way!

You can buy bbqs, benches, grass, seeds, trees, ponds, sculptures, anything and everything.

I found a particularly snuggly spot.

Which turned out to be the ideal place to hide from The Fuzz.

There are water gardens.

Rock gardens.

Fox gloves taller than me!

Fields of lavenders.

These… things, which look like Skittles trees to me.

Quaint little picnic spots.

But by far my favourite, was the Beatrix Potter garden.

This gets my gold.

I almost leapt over the fence to kidnap Peter and take him home!

But there aren’t many carrots on my balcony, so I’m not sure he’d like it much.

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  • The David Austen rose stand was just beautiful! x

  • I would have taken my mother as well! πŸ™‚ It’s always so beautiful to see what a great relationship you have with your mother – I honestly think it’s one of the most rewarding relationships you can have in life! πŸ™‚

  • Aw wow- the scarf garden is such an amazing idea! So often you don’t think twice about what kinds of flowers are printed on your clothes so it must have been pretty cool to see where the inspiration came from!

    My mum goes to Chelsea every year but so far has refused to take me with her…. Maybe I should just sneakily buy a ticket anyway next year!

    KatieJane
    katies-rose-garden.blogspot.co.uk

  • Awh, they’re all so pretty!
    I don’t get the best flower either, i too prefer the untamed rawness that comes from a wild garden, especially when the the more unusual looking plants sprout and create such a lovely array of colours! x

  • Anne Borup MΓΈller

    Beautiful post, I’m sitting here in Denmark and can almost smell the roses! πŸ™‚

    Just a little question, or actually, a plead: please, don’t forget your Nice little Tumblr, Rose. I’m a big fan, and it’s been so long since your last post.

    xx Anne

  • I really have to take my mom… this is the fifth year she asks me to go. And last year, when I lived in London, unfortunately I didn’t manage to go. I’m glad you and your mother had a wonderful time! It’s always so good to spend time with someone who loves you soooo much. It’s something that you just need, frome time to time.

  • KLG_Hair

    Skittle trees! πŸ™‚ Love it.
    I’ve always wanted to take my nan and mum there, they’d love it.
    x

  • OH MY GOODNESS! What a special day and place. Ok so, the scarf is basically a work of art and the kind of thing one keeps forever and hands down to possible children, etc, but what I want to know is how and if you’ll use it now! Tie it on to a bag? Frame it in your home? I’ve always thought scarves like that were beautiful but am unsure as to their place in an outfit aside from tying them to a bag! Help?

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  • Teawith Nici

    aw I love the Beatrix Potter garden- just adorable!

  • Lucinda Kate Hurst

    beautiful post! Just ordered the dress your wearing because i’m so in love!!
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  • Beautiful post, beautiful scarf, beautiful flowers, beautiful dress, beautiful mummy! What a day! You must have had an aching finger from all the snapping. I’ve never been interested in going to the Chelsea Flower Show before but after seeing this I am signing up for next year! Little London Girl x
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  • It’s my first time being in London for the CFS and it’s definitely on my places to visit this month! The Beatrix Potter garden is adorable. Love the rabbit ears popping out of the watering can, and those Old English hybrid roses are gorgeous! xx

    Katy | http://www.littlemisskaty.co.uk

  • Beccy

    It looks like just the most wonderful day – Thailand’s entry is just amazing! So talented.

    Your mother and you both look lovely – beautiful dresses from you both!

    Beccy // Bluebell & Bumpkin

  • These gardens look beautiful. And it is nice to know that Mummy and I are not the only ones who have the problem of choosing something from Boden only to find the other has ordered it first!

  • Jenn

    Your pictures have made my day, Rosie! Your “Skittles Trees” are called lupins, they are a natural wildflower that grows in my province, Nova Scotia. They normally range from white to pink to purple, and are very difficult to cultivate. They line our highways throughout the month of June, making road trips all the more enjoyable.

  • The Beatrix Potter Garden is definitely my winner too! It’s adorable and reminds me of childhood! You need to visit the Beatrix Potter Hill Top House in the Lake District too, it’s equally magical!

    Zara X
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  • Janne

    I’m really inspired by those wild gardens! To bad I don’t have a garden.

  • Oh my gosh, the wild flower garden was BEAUTIFULLLL!! Literally took my breath away. And I agree and find it completely romantic that a man would endure a possibly dreadful event (to him anyway) to make sure his love was enjoying herself. It’s not always the grand gesture that makes a relationship romantic, you know? It’s often-times the quiet ones that show a man’s (and woman’s) true romantic colors. πŸ™‚

    • LupinLou

      I actually found that whole analogy ridiculous. My husband enjoys gardening more than I do (I like to sit and supervise), and loved Chelsea Flower Show. There’s nothing emasculating about men enjoying CFS – why on earth would the supposition be that they’re reluctantly?

      • I wasn’t trying to put anyone in gender-specific roles – I’m sure a lot of men went there to enjoy the show themselves like your husband. I was merely stating that sometimes we (both men and women) endure things for our partners that we would rather not do and I think that sometimes shows love more than buying 50 bouquets of roses and reading poetry.

  • Kelsey Wilburn

    that scarf is absolutely gorgeous and love all these photos

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  • Oh wow, this is so gorgeous (and I’m loving the floral dress for the occasion!). Living in the city really makes you crave that sort of greenery, doesn’t it?

  • Laura

    Looks incredible, Rosie! I’d love to go next year!

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  • Stephanie

    This looks like a lot of fun, and of course, the pictures are incredible!

    Stephanie

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    xxxx

  • Debbie Walpole

    I love the scarf…. reminds me of a liberty square scarf I bought years ago!

    And thanks for sharing the flower of the year… I bought a couple of Hydrangeas for my terrace… now I can tell all my guests over the summer they are very on trend πŸ˜‰

    Debsx

    http://www.DebbieDoesABlog.com

  • Have you been to Giverny? I think you would both love it πŸ™‚ My last blog posts are full of pictures, if you’d like to see it.

  • Love this post! Going to the Chelsea Flower Show is definitely on my bucket list, and those Gucci scarves look amazing. x Kate
    theintellectualswan.blogspot.com

  • Oh my gosh, the Beatrix Potter garden is too adorable! I’m coveting a little watering can with bunny ears peeping out for my garden now. Have you been to Beatrix Potter’s hilltop house in the Lake District? x

  • Can almost smell the flowers through my screen! Makes me want to wander around my Grandma’s garden.

    Lovely to see you and your Mum having a day out.

    Fie x

    Coffee & Confetti

  • lovely photographs! my dad used to design gardens for Chelsea Flower Show when me and my sister were little. He used to let us on to his garden to have a good look around – good times. I know exactly what you mean about feeling like your snooping through people’s back gardens πŸ™‚

  • Oh my these photos are beautiful! And so is that scarf, you’re very lucky! πŸ™‚

  • Mia Salazar

    The scarf looks absolutely gorgeous. And so is the garden! And your mum looks lovely

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  • Amazing photos! All of it looks so pretty but that dress by Tammi looks insanely beautiful! So talented xx
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  • Well now this is quite the event! My mother would’ve wet her pants with excitement… she’s of the garden enthusiast type πŸ™‚
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  • Sidney

    This was such a SOMI post for me today!

  • I’m with you on enjoying wild flowers more than manicured gardens, when I was in Paris, I was absolutely delighted by the wild flower beds around the museums!

  • Looks amazing, I would love to go the Chelsea flower show some day, with a loved one of course. :] x

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  • Aw, lovely pics and great gifts from Gucci! I’ve been the past three years but this year, in the midst of wedding planning, it was a bit much to squeeze in. Your mum’s so classy. I love it. And people watching is the best thing about the flower show. I agree!

  • Those cars look so cool! All the folowers are absolutely stunning, also loving your and your mum’s outfits! x

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  • Tales of a London Girl

    I love the Beatrix Potter garden! Those little ears poking out of the watering can are too adorable x

  • The first picture looks so funny! Then I realized it’s the mirror πŸ˜›

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  • Rachel

    these are so so lovely! definetly will be taking my own mother there next year! She would love it!

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  • Emma

    AMAZING. Gucci and Chelsea Flower Show? Match made in horticultural heaven

    E x

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  • Peter Rabbit!! The photos are beautiful, the colours amazing!! love the fashion made out the plants too!!!

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  • A Polite Anon

    I love how you mix-and-match the pricey designer with the affordable brands. I can’t afford a Gucci scarf, but I did just buy those adorable ballet flats that your mom is wearing via your website. US$15! What a bargain.

  • Delightful, pretty post and perfect mother and daughter time, love all the wild flower gardens too!

  • Samantha Bei

    The scarves are beautiful but the flowers definitely stole the show! I’m going to use these pictures as inspiration for the little “garden” I’m trying to create on my balcony (one of the downsides to living in the city D: ) I loved how full the English Rose Hybrids were!

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  • Imogen May

    Lovely post! Mumma and daughter teams are the best kind. I popped along to Kew gardens the other day with my grandma, the smell of the place was incredible, especially the Rose garden! Ix

    http://www.immymay.com

  • You have the best summer dresses! This and the one you wore to Cambridge are gorgeous.

  • OH wow the Beatrice Potter garden is exquisite (as is your Gucci scarf! Lucky ladies)
    I’ve never been to the Chelsea Flower Show, but I have now definitely added it to my to-do list once I’m back in London!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  • The gardens are incredible!! Seems like it would be incredibly peaceful to be surrounded by gardens.

    Whitney

    http://www.livingwithlocks.com

  • TheGivingBride

    This is the first time I’ve heard about this event-it seems lovely!

  • I can’t imagine how heavenly it must have smelled there! I am more of a wildflower gal also. But I wouldn’t mind having some skittles trees πŸ™‚

  • Sarah K

    This post was full of such beautiful pictures! I love those dresses made out of flowers.

  • My fave would have been the Beatrix Potter too. You mum looks fabulous
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  • Rachel Bearpark

    Love the ‘skittles trees’! So gorgeous & colourful – really want to go to CFS when I’m back in England.
    Rachel
    http://eat-explore-enjoy.blogspot.de

    • Truly magical….we are so lucky to have the Chelsea Flower Show each year!… Absolutely adore the wild flowers, the lupins and the Beatrix Potter Garden. You and your mum look perfect.

  • The flowers are just gorgeous but experiencing it with your mother makes it all the better! πŸ™‚

  • A girl can never have too many roses… πŸ˜‰ x
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  • i’ve never been into gardening and flowers before but some of these entries are phenomenal ! the gucci display and scarfs are such a lovely touch πŸ™‚ it’s lovely you took your mum, i would definitely take mine as she loves the garden

    Lauren x

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  • The flower dresses blew my mind – amazing! I adore your scarf Rosie, it matches so well with your bamboo bag.
    It must have been a lovely day to share with your Mum.
    Have a great weekend πŸ™‚
    Hugs xoxo
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  • Some of those flowers look like they are from another world! Just gorgeous. Love the scarves!

  • This looks like such a wonderful day, the Thailand flower entry is so impressive! I’ve fallen in love with your Gucci bamboo bag, I need one in my life, asap! The topshop shoes are very cute too πŸ™‚
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  • I adore the scarves! and the display was beautiful x

  • Wow Rose! This is an absolutely gorgeous post. I just wish I could smell it for myself. You take beautiful pictures and make this event really come to life for those of us who cant be there in person. Thank you!

    xo Kelly

    http://itskelly7.blogspot.com

  • Gorgeous, lovely post. I love the fact that you wore a floral dress to fit with the theme. I also love the look of the experience you had with the Gucci silk scarves and then getting to explore the garden. Such a clever idea!

    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

  • Shaleen G

    This would be the most glorious place on earth. I love just going into Greenhouses and looking at all the beautiful growth. Those scarves looked like a real treat too. My favourite part of all these photos is the Beatrix Potter section too. Peter Rabbit was a childhood favourite for me. All the best.

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  • Hey Rosie, love the post, so many gorgeous piccys, and fab to see you snuggling up in our copper swings! If you wanted to check out the rest you can find us at myburghdesigns.com x

  • I loved your mother’s dress!